Sunday 22 July 2018

JNLR figures: Losses for 2fm, Today fm, and Newstalk but gains for RTE Radio 1

Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene.
Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene.
Eoghan McDermott
The Breakfast Republic crew on 2FM - Keith Walsh, Jennifer Zamparelli, Bernard O'Shea
Bernard O'Shea, Jennifer Zamparelli, and Keith Walsh in Bridget & Eamon, RTE 2

Melanie Finn, Showbiz Editor

RTE 2fm has lost thousands of listeners from some of its biggest shows, according to the latest JNLR figures.

The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene is down almost 14,000 from the last review there months ago.

Breakfast Republic has also dropped, having lost a significant 19,000 listeners for the 6-10am show hosted by Jennifer Zamparelli, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea.

Eoghan McDermott’s show is down 4,000 when compared with his listenership from the previous quarter and now has 113,000 listeners.

However, it’s all part of the overall masterplan for the station, 2fm boss Dan Healy has insisted.

He told ‘’ that they had to overhaul 2fm’s schedule after Ryan Tubridy left last September, when he took over John Murray’s slot on RTE Radio 1.

And many of the 2fm shows have recorded a rise when compared with the figures taken from the previous 12 months, RTE say.

Breakfast Republic has actually gained 53,000 more listeners when compared with April 2015 while Nicky Byrne’s show has only dropped 7,000 when compared with the same period.

Meanwhile, the juggernaut that is RTE Radio 1 is continuing to dominate on the Irish airwaves.

Morning Ireland is up 12,000 listeners when compared with the last quarterly while Ryan Tubridy is continuing to perform strongly, having gone up an impressive 9,000.

Tubridy said today: "It's been a total pleasure broadcasting back on Radio 1. The audience feedback on any given day is heartening but also enriched the show content. As a team, we love putting the show together and to see a positive result with listener figures is gratifying for us all. See you tomorrow at 9am!"

Drivetime has also managed to keep its listenership, remaining steady at 240,000 – the same as the last survey.

Proving he was right to jump ship is Ray D’Arcy, who has gained an extra 2,000 from the last survey three months ago and a huge 34,000 when compared with April 2015.

He said that he was “delighted” with the latest results.

Meanwhile, his Today FM replacement Anton Savage has recorded a slight drop of 8,000 listeners when compared with the previous quarterly and now has 175,000 listeners.

A Today FM spokeswoman said that the latest figures were not a cause for concern.

“Not at all. His show’s content is good and it has a very strong programming output. He’s only there a year and the show is still in its infancy but it’s definitely going in the right direction,” she said.

Anton’s Today FM colleague Ian Dempsey is also down slightly with a drop of 7,000 but still has an impressive tally of 180,000.

Long-term duo Dermot and Dave have dropped 4,000, as has Louise Duffy who’s now at 91,000, having lost 3,000 listeners.

Current affairs broadcaster Matt Cooper is the only one in the Today FM team to remain stable, with the same listenership as before, namely 132,000.

It hasn’t been great news for Newstalk, with most of its shows recording a drop in listenership.

Former RTE presenter Pat Kenny has dropped a further 7,000 listeners, now standing at 126,000 for his morning slot.

Newstalk breakfast with Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue is also down some 7,000 while George Hook is down 9,000 and Sean Moncrieff has dropped 5,000.

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